Yes, you read that correctly. A patient was suffering from cobalt poisoning from a metal hip implant. The doctors were able to determine the symptoms and reach a diagnosis by remembering similar warning signs from an episode of “House.”
This is exactly like Baudrillard’s analysis of Borges’ map: “The territory no longer precedes the map, nor survives it. Henceforth, it is the map that precedes the territory – precession of simulacra – it is the map that engenders the territory.”
So basically, “House” is producing real diagnoses by real doctors in the real world. Pretty cool, huh? This definitely speaks to the third order of simulacra where the simulation (a show about a doctor and his experiences) precedes and manufactures the real (actual doctors and their experiences).
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